Nancy B. Nguyen, MPH

Associate Scientist, Data Analysis

Why I Study Cancer

“When I was 18, my father passed way from cancer. This jumpstarted my interest in cancer research and how social determinants of health shape cancer outcomes. I am excited to be working at an organization and alongside others that want to work towards a world without cancer.”

At ACS since 2022

As an Associate Scientist in the Data Analysis team within Population Science, Nancy Nguyen, MPH, works with American Cancer Society (ACS) primary investigators to conduct research studies and provide statistical programming support. As an analyst, Nguyen primarily works with Cancer Prevention Study-II (CPS-2) and Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) data.

Research focus and accomplishments

My research interests include understanding how social determinants of health shape and perpetuate cancer health disparities, especially in relation to how place/geography affects health. I am specifically interested in how neighborhood-level characteristics influence all aspects of the cancer-care continuum.

At ACS, my current work focuses on metabolomics to understand how metabolic processes may affect a person’s risk for developing cancer risk and surviving it. 


Work before ACS

  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Research Assistant
  • Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Research Assistant


  • MPH: Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2020-2022
  • BS: Biochemistry, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2016-2020

Personal life 

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I now live in Atlanta. I like to spend my time at concerts, painting, and trying new restaurants.